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Has anyone compared the KEF R11 to the Revel F208?

unklejoe

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Hello,

I was getting ready to pull the trigger on a pair of F208's, but I just noticed that KEF R11's are on sale for $4800/pair, whereas the F208's seem to have actually increased in price to $5500/pair since the last time I was looking at them only a few months ago.

I did see the thread ranking all of the tower speakers, and the F208 was rated higher than the R11, but there wasn't any actual data for the R11, so I think it was an assumption based on other models.

Has anyone compared these speakers and/or have any measurements for the R11?

What are the major differences in terms of sound? My guess is the F208 has a wider dispersion, but how about bass response, etc?

Anything else I should be looking at in the 4-6k range that measures well?

Thanks!
 

sweetchaos

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We only have this:
Which I've digitized earlier, so to we can see more data points.
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From this digitized graph, LFX (bass extension at -6db point) looks to be 32hz.
From Kef's white paper (linked above), frequency range (-6db) point is 30hz.
I have no reason to doubt Kef, so I would just say that digitization smoothes things, plus their original graph is very low resolution anyway. So I'm inclined to believe Kef's 30hz value.

From my passive speaker recommendations thread:
TOWERS Under US$5500/pair:
RecommendationPSLFX
#1Revel F208 (Amir)6.726
#2Revel F206*6.436
#3Infinity R263*6.032
WorthyRevel F226Be (Erin)6.043
WorthyKef R5 (Erin)5.933
WorthyRevel F35 (Amir)5.739
WorthyJBL 4309 (Amir)3.841
WorthyKef R7**
WorthyKef R11**
WorthyRevel F36**
** No spinorama for Kef R7. I'm including it because we have Kef R3, R5 spinorama already, so it's not a stretch to imagine these are better.
** No spinorama for Kef R11. I'm including it because we have Kef R3, R5 spinorama already, so it's not a stretch to imagine these are better.
** No spinorama for Revel F36. I'm including it because we have multiple Revel tower speakers (F35, F226Be, F228Be, F206, F208, Ultima2 Studio2) spinorama already, so it's not a stretch to imagine these will be good.

Which means Revel F208 (with LFX of 26hz) will win against the Kef R11's, in terms of bass extension.
 
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